Maximum Living Succulents

 

Maximum Living Succulents

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Succulent plants have grown in popularity in recent years due to their minimalist, yet exotic aesthetic and relatively low maintenance compared to other plants. Succulents look great indoors or outside in a planter, and you can get really creative with your arrangements.

Care

Succulents will do best in containers that receive plenty of light and have good drainage like terra cotta pots or planters. However, with proper care, they can do fine in a glass container as well.

Succulents have evolved in more arid climates, so they do not need constant watering like some other plants. Instead, they prefer to be soaked for a short period, then dry out over a few days. Once the soil is dried out, it’s ready for another soak. Watering every day, or letting them soak too long because of poor drainage is the most common way succulents die inside the home. If outside in a rainy climate with less sun, like the Pacific Northwest, a shallow soil bed may be preferable so they can dry out quicker.

Succulent plant stretching in search of more light

Succulent plant stretching in search of more light

Succulents do need a good deal of light to thrive. If indoors, placing them next to a window is ideal. If they can’t get at least 8 hours of indirect sunlight, then a grow lamp may be necessary. When succulent plants do not get enough light, they will start to grow tall and the leaves separate from each other in a search for more light. This is opposed to their usually tight, compact leaf placement. If this happens, you can cut the top part of the plant off and re-plant.

Arranging Your Plants

There are many ways to arrange your succulents, whether grouped together or potted individually. You should not have any issues finding small clay planters or pots anywhere gardening products are sold, but you may be able find more stylish and unique holders at smaller, boutique plant shops. For soil, you can purchase potting soil designed specifically for succulents, or create your own by adding sand to your normal soil mix. This sandy soil helps with drainage, and is more similar to the habitats where succulents thrive. From there, you have a lot of options to freshen up the look of your plant bed. Small stones, smooth pebbles, or crushed gravel of various colors can go nicely with your plants. I like to recreate a desert vibe with warm-colored stones, or a dark, mossy look that can accentuate the different plant colors. There's no shortage of inspiration online, and we've created a Pinterest board with various looks that you can re-create here.

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